OUR MISSION:
St. Rita School inspires students in Pre-Kindergarten through grade eight to achieve academic excellence in a safe, nurturing and faith-filled Catholic environment.
We prepare students to be morally responsible, innovative thinkers who, in today’s technology-guided global community, live and share the Love of Christ.
From the Desk of Mrs. Tiezzi

Dear St. Rita Parents,

Next week, May 3-7, we celebrate Teacher Appreciation Week. I’m sure you are just as awed as I am by the amazing job our teachers have done every day with both our in-person and remote learners. Their hard work and dedication have provided a much needed sense of community and connection for our children. Despite the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, the St. Rita teachers are working hard to ensure that every student has the tools they need to reach their full potential. Please take some time out of your hectic week to write a note or send an email to thank them for their dedication to your child. I know they would appreciate your kind words.

We only have about 7 more weeks of school for the 2020-2021 school year. Below please find a calendar of school-wide activities through the end of May. Please understand that your child’s teacher will provide you will additional dates that may directly impact your child’s class.

April 29 - IOWA Testing-grades 3-7 only
April 30 - NUT Coupon
April 30 - 1:30 NJHS Induction @ St. Rita Church
April 30 - Progress Reports to students in grades 4-8 with averages below 70
May 1 - Shred Day - 9-12 @ St. Rita School
May 3 – Summer uniform may be worn
May 3-7 - Teacher Appreciation Week
May 5 - IOWA Testing-grades 3-7 only
May 7 - First Friday Mass for students and faculty only
May 7 - 8th grade retreat following Mass
May 8 - First Communion @ St. Rita Church
May 9 - Mother’s Day
May 10 - Empower In-School Field Trip grades 6 & 7
May 11 - Empower In-School Field Trip grade 8 and MS remote learners
May 12 - National School Nurse’s Day
May 12 - Golf Tournament Dress Down Day-cost $5.00
May 13 - Ascension Thursday Mass @ St. Rita Church for students and faculty only
May 14 - May Crowning @ St. Rita School prayer garden
May 17 - Rain Date for May Crowning
May 24 - SRS Golf Tournament @ New Haven Country Club
May 25 - Future Musicians Band Concert @ 1:45 in school parking lot
May 28 - NUT Coupon
May 31 - No School - Memorial Day Holiday.

Thank you for entrusting your child to our care. Enjoy this beautiful April weather. Stay safe and be well.
 


God Bless,
Mrs. Tiezzi
Principal
Volunteers Needed!!
We are in need of volunteers to help our students shop at our annual plant sale. Students from Kindergarten through Grade 8 will have an opportunity to purchase plants on May 6 from 8 am to 4 pm, during the school day. If you are able to help, please click here to sign up!
Spring Band Concert
in the park(ing lot)!!

Please mark your calendars for
Tuesday, May 25
(rain date Tuesday, June 1st)
at 1:45 pm in the St. Rita School parking lot.

All St. Rita band members will be performing.
Come and enjoy the music as the students perform the songs they have been learning throughout the year.

Please bring your own chairs. Parents may take students home after the concert.
Financial Aid Information

On May 1, 2021, the portal for financial aid will be open for applications for the 2021-2022 academic year. The portal will remain open until July 15, 2021. In order to apply for financial aid, you must be current in tuition for 2020-2021 and registered with a deposit for 2021-2022. Please remember there is a limited amount of financial aid available so applications will be reviewed on a first come first served basis.

To access the portal, go to: www.smartaidforparents.com
If you already have an account, the same login id and password will work from last year. If you are a new user, you may create a new account by following the prompts.

The application fee is $35.00 and is paid online. If paying the fee would preclude you from applying for financial aid, please contact the Business Office at (203) 248-5513 for further information.
You will need access to your 2020 tax return and all applicable tax documents to complete the application.

If you have any questions while completing the application, you may contact SMART at (800) 360-8027 or support@smartaidforparents.com.

Families that receive awards will be notified by email in mid July and will be asked to contact the Business Office at (203) 248-5513 to accept their award and indicate how to spread the award over their payment plan. If you do not receive an award, you will also be notified. A waiting list will also be maintained as financial aid does occasionally become available during the academic year.

If you have any further questions, please feel free to contact Mrs. Paula Nugent, Business Manager, at (203) 248-5513.

Sacred Heart Academy Spring Open House
 
Sunday May 2
10 am – 1pm (reservation required)

Individual family tours will be conducted every half hour. Tours may be reserved using this link .

COVID regulations for events will be strictly enforced and much of the event will be conducted outdoors, leveraging SHA’s beautiful campus.
 
We are happy to coordinate personal tours and/or virtual visits during the week for prospective students upon request. Please contact Jennifer Raccio in the Admissions Office to schedule a visit.
Birthday Celebrations
 Miss Erin, our food service coordinator, has a variety of NUT FREE snacks (chips, homemade cookies or ice pops) available for purchase as a way to celebrate your child's birthday with his/her classmates Each item is $1.00 (cash only).
 If interested, please notify Miss Erin via email 24 to 48 hours in advance with the date and homeroom teacher and the the snack item you would like to purchase. Please have your student bring in the cash for Miss Erin on the celebration day. Feel free to email her for any additional information.
Summer Camp/Enrichment Program Information

Click HERE to download the Summer Camp Flyer

Click HERE to download the
Summer Camp Registration Packet

Click HERE to download the Summer Academic
Program Flyer

Click HERE to download the Summer Academic
Program Registration Packet
Uniform Reminder
All students should be in proper uniform every day, including footwear, sweatshirts, and hair styles. Summer uniform changeover begins on Monday, May 3, 2021.

SUMMER UNIFORM
K-8 for everyone:
Khaki shorts
Green shirt with St. Rita logo
Crew or quarter white or khaki socks
Gym sneakers or school shoes – Sneakers may not have wheels, light up or make noise.
Brown belt
Xavier High School

On May 1 at 9 am, Xavier will offer the opportunity for 7th graders to take the PreHSPT. This test is similar to the test that students take as part of their application to Xavier. By taking the test, students will gain a familiarity with the format, timing, and question types. A detailed score report will be mailed after the test administration to help students understand their areas of strength and weakness. Students who score in the 90th percentile or higher will earn a $500 scholarship for their freshman year at Xavier. It will be conducted online so students will just need access to a computer with a camera to take it. The testing fee is $10 and registration for it can be done online. Contact Nicholas Grasso, Director of Admissions, nmgrasso@xavierhighschool.org with any questions.
Enrollment Open for New Students
Enrollment for new students for the 2021-2022 school year is now open. Please click here to visit our enrollment page and to download an application, or call Mrs. Bruno, our Admissions Director, if you have any questions. Please spread the word - we have no better ambassadors than our current families.
Nurse's Corner
Dear St. Rita School Community,

We were recently notified that Hamden Public Schools will be following the CDC guidelines for travel and return to school. St. Rita will also be following these guidelines. 
 
There have been many questions surrounding guidelines for travel outside of Connecticut. The State of Connecticut recommends individuals follow the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines as follows:
 
  • If you are eligible, get fully vaccinated for COVID-19. 
  • Wait two weeks after getting your final vaccine dose to travel, as it takes time for your body to build immunity.
  • Get tested 1-3 days BEFORE you travel. Keep a copy of your test results with you during travel. Do not travel if you test positive.
  • Get a PCR test (not a rapid-test) 3-5 days AFTER you travel, AND self-quarantine at home for a full 7 days after travel.
  • Continue to stay home and self-quarantine for a full 7 days after travel, even if your test is negative.
  • If your test is positive, isolate yourself to protect others from getting infected.
  • If you do not get tested, stay home and self-quarantine for a full 10 days after travel.
  • Wear a mask over your nose and mouth when in public settings. 
  • Masks are required on most forms of public transportation traveling into, within, or out of the United States. Please keep in mind that when you use public transportation, you may be exposed to a larger number of individuals who may not always practice the appropriate mitigation strategies (distance & mask-wearing). 
  • Be advised, that face shields do not meet the requirement of the CDC order but can be worn so long as a face mask is underneath.
  • All air passengers coming into the United States, including US citizens, are required to have a negative COVID-19 test result or documentation of recovery from COVID-19 before boarding a flight to the United States.
 
Remember to self-monitor for signs and symptoms of COVID-19 while in quarantine, referring to the Daily Health Assessment. If at any time during your quarantine you develop signs and symptoms of COVIS-19, self-isolate (including away from other members of your travel party), contact a healthcare provider, and obtain a PCR test and inform your child’s school.
 
According to the CDC, travel remains a risk. These recommended actions above are intended to mitigate that risk to protect the health of students, families, and staff and help keep our schools safe for in-person learning.
 
While it has been a long winter and we all need a break, we need to keep each other safe to keep our school open. I hope the above guidelines can help you and your family enjoy this beautiful spring season. Unfortunately, viruses don’t take breaks, so we need to continue to work together to protect ourselves and others.


Home/School Association
Click HERE to download the CASH RAFFLE order form
Shred Day
is fast approaching!
 
Gather your sensitive documents and bring them to the
St. Rita School parking lot on
 
Saturday, May 1st
9am-12pm
 
You will receive a disposal box for $10, and we’ll handle the rest.
This event is for the community, so please spread the word!
Spring is here!
Help us celebrate with our annual
 
Mother’s Day Plant Sale
Thursday, May 6th and Friday, May 7th
 
Please see below for details, and feel free to email Antonia Baroga if you have questions: antos.ab@gmail.com.
 
  • A selection of plants will be available for in-person shopping from 8am-4pm on the 6th and from 2-4 pm on the 7th. Preorders can be picked up at any point during the sale (prior to Friday the 7th at 4pm).
 
  • Students from Kindergarten through Grade 8 will have an opportunity to purchase plants on the 6th during the school day. If you would like your child to participate, please make sure they have money and a box to carry home their plants.
 
  • Please note: In order to make this event possible, we need volunteers to help set up the plants and to assist students with their purchases. If you’re able to help, please sign up here. Unfortunately, we will need to cancel this portion of the event if we do not have volunteers to fill every time slot.
 
Thank you for your continued support of our school.
Please join us for…
 
The 23rd Annual SRS Golf Tournament!
 
Monday, May 24th
New Haven Country Club, Hamden CT
Please see attached brochure for registration information and sponsorship details. Don’t hesitate to contact us if you have questions: hsasrs.stritaschool@gmail.com
 
The Golf Tournament is a community event. We welcome family, friends, and anyone who enjoys golf, so please share the attached brochure broadly! In addition to helping tremendously with our fundraising efforts, 60% of any donation via sponsorships will count toward your HSA assessment.

Click HERE to download the Golf Tournament Brochure
Save the Date for the Below Events: More Details Soon!
 
 May 21st: Family Bingo Night! Join us for an evening of (virtual) family fun! Details will be announced soon; save the date in the meantime!
 
May 28th: Pizza Party Lunches! Thanks to our generous Auction donors, EVERY SRS class will be enjoying a pizza party with treats for lunch. This Friday is an half day; teachers will be ending lessons early, and students will finish the day with a yummy lunch. Dismissal will be at the normal ½ day time. 
 
June 2nd: School-wide Dress Down Day, thanks to our generous Auction donors!


 
CALLING ALL VOLUNTEERS!
 
Do you enjoy event planning? Want to be more involved in your school community? Please join us on the HSA Board! If you’re interested in learning more, email us at hsasrs.stritaschool@gmail.com.

HELP US EARN CASH AND SUPPLIES THROUGH FREE REWARDS PROGRAMS!

Each year, St. Rita participates in several rewards programs. Local grocery stores (and Amazon!) allow you (the shopper) to identify St. Rita as the school you’d like to support; every time you shop, we get a percentage of the sale in the form of points (that can be used for school supplies) or cash. Last year we earned over $1600 through Stop&Shop’s program and over 150,000 points through ShopRite! We have big goals this year, and we need your help to achieve them. Please click on the links below to register your store cards, and ask your local family and friends to do the same!
Planning to order Christmas cards or photo
gifts this holiday season? Shop through our Shutterfly Storefront, and SRS will earn an 8% commission! It     may not sound like much,
but there’s no extra fee for you, and every
$1 makes a difference for our school.
 
           Click here to shop Shutterfly via our StoreFront.
Visit amazonsmile.com, and anytime you purchase an eligible item, Amazon will 
      donate a portion of the profit to our school! Select “Divine Mercy Parish
      Corporation” as your charity, and St. Rita School will benefit every time you shop. 

Link your Stop & Shop Card to St. Rita School, and we’ll earn
CASH when you
     buy groceries! Click here and use School ID: 06434.
THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT!!
Prayer Corner
Remember all those who are suffering or have lost a loved-one during this pandemic.
Please pray for the Polinsky, and Gill Families, and all of the deceased members of our
St. Rita School community.
Click HERE to access the Weekly Health Screening Questionnaire
St. Rita School
1601 Whitney Avenue
Hamden, CT 06517
Phone: (203) 248.3114
Fax: (203) 248.1016
www.stritaschool.org